7 Stylish Ways to Wear Linen This Summer

With summer right around the corner, your new seasonal wardrobe should be equal parts easy and breezy. There’s nothing worse than overheating when dressing to impress; you want to look hot and stylish, not hot and bothered.

That’s why the new linen range from UNIQLO is considered the go-to choice for surviving and styling throughout the warmer weather. UNIQLO’s expansive new collection loaded with garments made from lightweight, temperature-regulating European linen renowned for its softness and ideal for keeping you cool and comfortable in all weather conditions.

We’ve partnered with UNIQLO to offer Aussie men some summer style inspiration and showcase the many ways in which you can champion lightweight linen. And don’t be fooled by these luxurious looks. The new LifeWear range remains surprisingly affordable from casual to formal.

Want to rock the linen look this Summer? Here are 7 breezy linen looks to inspire your seasonal wardrobe:

1. Neutral Necessities

The linen shirt is a staple of every wardrobe, but we don’t see these trendy open collar expressions too often. It’s the perfect addition to your wardrobe and a great way to elevate your style. Pair it with relaxed linen shorts or pants and your whole Summer wardrobe is pretty much sorted. Opting for neutral colours, UNIQLO’s shirting pairs effortlessly with a multitude of colours and styles, regardless of whether you plan out showing off a bit of leg. Any gent who favours the neutral tones can opt for a linen dress shirt instead, available in an easy-going white colourway. Arguably the best things about neutral tones are their light and casual properties, ideal for those scorching hot summer days.

2. Coastal Cool

The clink of glasses and the cool sea breeze; this is what Summer is made for. If you plan on adding a touch of sophistication to your day out on the yacht and subsequent drinks on the foreshore, UNIQLO’s got you covered. A collared shirt with short or long sleeves brings that desirable smart-casual look to your favourite summer activates while effortlessly shifting from day-to-night. Roll up the sleeves, pop a button or two and see where the day takes you. The linen-cotton short and long sleeve shirts are available in a range of colours and pair incredibly well with UNIQLO’s linen blend pants.

3. Poolside

We’re heading poolside for simple style and light layering. A pastel blue or navy shirt unbuttoned over a classic white crew tee brings the desirable relaxed, holiday vibes. Speaking of navy, the linen shorts are also available in this darker tone which works really well with your choice of pastel or neutral-coloured shirts. Add your favourite pair of shades and take it easy by the water while decked-out in light linen. Footwear is optional and don’t forget your towel!

4. Wining & Dining

Add a linen blend jacket to the mix when wining and dining or alerting bystanders to the fact that you’re the skipper of a luxury vessel. UNIQLO’s modern jacket channels its formal contemporaries while remaining light in fabric and tone perfect for summer spectacles. The beauty of a collared jacket is that it elevates even the simplest stylings beneath, like a classic crew tee. Pair the jacket with the linen blend pants and a leather belt. Open footwear is a great way to finish this look.

5. Urban Safari

The holidays are over, and you’re back at the office. It’s time for the morning meeting, and you discover that the air-con is on the fritz. Good thing you’re debuting a linen blend jacket and pants with a traditional white linen-cotton shirt beneath. Maybe you can’t escape the heat, but you can breeze right through. This loosely-structured fit gives a more measured approach to the linen game, seamlessly transitioning for day to night. Paired with white sneakers, this combination plays up to the stormy Summer evenings with style.

6. Everyday Casual

Leaving the formalities behind, your everyday attire begins with the crew tee and linen-blend shorts, which make for great all-rounders; we’re talking everything from backyard barbeques to beach cricket. Swap out the crew tee for a short-sleeve Pique polo or Jersey Polo if a collar is required. Both polos also pair well with dark-toned linen blend pants. Complete this look with a pair of reliable footwear, and you’re ready for just about anything.

7. Fashion-Forward

Classy gents can step up the summer styling with a UNIQLO U cotton linen jacket and pants combo. The U refers to elevated stylings from the hands of Parisian designer Christophe Lemaire. Combine the relaxed lightweight linen with the craft of a renowned designer, and you’re looking at fresh fashion that’s both functional and affordable—a desirable duo suitable for work and play.

UNIQLO’s European linen is predominantly produced in the north of France and is renowned for becoming softer over time without losing its shape. Beyond its airy nature, linen is also incredibly sustainable, as its production requires little water with minimal waste and environmental footprint.

UNIQLO LifeWear champions the Japanese values of simplicity, quality and longevity. The brand believes that the perfect shirt can always be made even more perfect; that the simplest design can hide thoughtful, modern details, while the best in fit and fabric can be more affordable and accessible to all.

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